Young & Strange consists of comedy magicians Richard Young & Sam Strange, their online video content has been viewed online more than 20 million times, they have appeared on NBC’s Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and ITV1’s ‘The Next Great Magician’. Since 2014 they have headlined the UK’s biggest touring magic show Champions of Magic which plays the biggest theatres in the UK to sold out audiences.
Young & Strange met when they were 8 years old, their early childhood friendship was cemented with a common interest in all things magic. They spent their early teenage years attempting, and failing, to make Las Vegas style illusions with cardboard and tape. With little money, they were forced to innovate, creating original illusions and magic tricks. This soon caught the attention of magicians around the UK as an act to watch in the future.
They performed at The Edinburgh Fringe for four years. In 2014 they were given the biggest venue on the famous ‘PBH Free Fringe’ where they presented the largest magic show ever performed at the festival. The success of their 2014 Edinburgh show landed the duo the headline spot on the Champions Of Magic show which continues to tour the UK into 2017.
In addition to Live performances Young & Strange also create online viral video content which showcases original and exciting formats for magic. The first video called ‘Young & Strange take Las Vegas to Swindon’ documented the duo’s attempt to bring some ‘Las Vegas’ to the everyday lives of the good people of Swindon without the relevant paperwork and permissions. The follow up video ‘Young & Strange take Las Vegas to Television’ included the illusionists videobombing the background of a Live Sky News broadcast which went viral on the internet and had over 10 million views across various video sharing networks in just a few days. The Sky News videobomb also garnered attention from national and international publications including The Sun, The Mirror, Telegraph, Radio Times, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, MTV and Cosmopolitan magazine.
Young & Strange are also in demand as after dinner performers at corporate events and product launches. They have worked for many organisations, from small independent businesses, to the biggest names in international industry. Previous clients include Nokia, Audi, Nationwide, The RAC, HSBC, Coca Cola and Apple.
‘Hilarious pranksters’ – The Mirror
‘Elevated the art form to a whole new level’ – The Sun
‘Created an illusion that fooled the internet’ – Time Magazine
‘Brave boys’ – MTV
‘Can someone just give the pair their own series, like, now….?’ – Metro
‘The secret to that trick kept quiet for the rest of your lives will make you one of the best magic acts the world has ever seen’ – Penn & Teller
‘One of the most exciting double acts in the world!’ – Stephen Mulhern